When a couple gets divorced in Rockland County, the entire family feels the impact. If the couple getting divorced has children together, there are a lot of added emotions to an already emotional situation. It is necessary for the parents or the court to come up with a child custody arrangement. In some cases, one parent loses access to the child because of a sole custody award. Divorce can also have serious impacts on the child’s relationships with other members of their family.

When a family member is concerned about losing the bond they have forged with a child of divorce, they may want to request that the court awards them visitation rights. It is important to note that only certain family members are permitted to request an order for visitation according to the New York State family court system. The only family members who can file a request for visitation are parents, grandparents, siblings, and step-siblings.

Unfortunately, this means that other family members such as aunts, uncles, stepparents, and cousins do not have the opportunity to request an order for visitation regardless of how strong their relationship may be. The court will always act in the best interest of the child when assessing visitation rights.

If you have questions about visitation, contact us today.

Our firm proudly serves clients throughout Rockland County, New York when they require compassionate and effective legal guidance. If you require experienced legal representation for any of your divorce and family law matters, contact the Law Offices of Mark S. Paige, P.C. today to schedule a consultation.